Eking Eking is recognized as a ransomware cryptovirus and is mainly distributed via spam messages, malicious email attachments, cracked software installers and malvertisements. The creators of Eking use it to encrypt the files stored on the infected computers and to demand a ransom from the victims who want to decrypt them. The attack of this ransomware is announced via a scary ransom notification that is published on the screen of the infected computer. This notification usually contains a kind of ultimatum from the hackers who threaten that if no money is transferred to their cryptocurrency wallet within a given deadline, they won\u2019t send the decryption key for the encrypted files. This ultimatum, however, serves mostly to scare the victims into paying the required money as soon as possible and not to give them time to seek alternatives. In reality, there are some ways that users can try to retrieve their information for free and even to remove the malware from their computer. In the removal guide that you will find below we have published some file-recovery instructions and manual steps on how to remove Eking. Everyone who wants to give them a try is free to do so. Of course, we need to inform you that there are no guarantees that the suggested recovery methods will work in each and every case. But, as a matter of fact, the ransom payment cannot guarantee that you will obtain the decryption key from the crooks either. This is the reason why the recovery from a ransomware attack is never certain and these threats are considered to be one of the most malicious pieces of malware on the web. The Eking virus The Eking virus is ransomware infection that encrypts user files. The Eking virus performs its attack by placing a powerful encryption algorithm to a list of digital files and prevents the victims from access to them. If you don\u2019t keep regular backup copies of your information, you could lose valuable data as a result of Eking\u2019s attack. Moreover, the ransomware changes the file extensions of the encrypted files with some odd suffix that no program can recognize and read. But what is worse than all is that the file encryption process that the ransomware runs in the background of the system can remain invisible for some of the antivirus programs. This means that the victims may not have the chance to detect the infection and stop it in time and will have to face the ransom-demanding message after the file encryption has been applied to all of their files. The Eking file encryption The Eking file encryption is a process that runs in the background of the system and converts digital files into unreadable bits of data. What is typical for the Eking file encryption is that it generally runs free of visible symptoms. That\u2019s why most users remain unaware of it until it is too late. The best way to prevent data loss due to file encryption is to periodically create copies of the files that you don\u2019t want to lose and store them on an external drive, cloud storage or another device that is not linked to the computer or any network. In this way, you can access them anytime and even if you are attacked by a ransomware representative, all you have to do is remove the infection and copy your information back to the clean computer. SUMMARY: Name Eking Type Ransomware Danger Level High (Ransomware is by far the worst threat you can encounter) Symptoms Very few and unnoticeable ones before the ransom notification comes up. Distribution Method From fake ads and fake system requests to spam emails and contagious web pages. Data Recovery Tool Not Available Detection Tool Remove Eking Ransomware Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference. Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don't know how to do it). WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING! Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner: After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection - delete it, even if the scanner doesn't flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. Hold the Start Key and R - copy + paste the following and click OK: notepad %windir%\/system32\/Drivers\/etc\/hosts A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below: If there are suspicious IPs below "Localhost" - write to us in the comments. Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up: Go in Startup ---> Uncheck entries that have "Unknown" as Manufacturer. \tPlease note that ransomware may even include a fake Manufacturer name to its process. Make sure you check out every process here is legitimate. Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter. Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus's Name. Search for the ransomware in your registries and delete the entries. Be extremely careful - you can damage your system if you delete entries not related to the ransomware. Type each of the following in the Windows Search Field: \t%AppData% \t%LocalAppData% \t%ProgramData% \t%WinDir% \t%Temp% Delete everything in Temp. The rest just check out for anything recently added. Remember to leave us a comment if you run into any trouble! How to Decrypt Eking files We have a comprehensive (and daily updated) guide on how to decrypt your files. Check it out here. If the guide doesn't help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!